Baseball: Norwin grad drafted by Astros on first day of MLB draft

Written by Tyler Pecyna on .

Tyler Pecyna reports that former Norwin star J.J. Matijevic was selected by the Houston Astros in the second round of Monday's MLB draft.

"The Houston Astros selected Arizona infielder J.J. Matijevic with the 75th overall pick in the MLB draft, making the former Norwin High School standout the second WPIAL product drafted Monday.

Louisville pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay, a Blackhawk graduate, was taken fourth overall by the Tampa Bay Rays. McKay was rumored as a possible pick for the Minnesota Twins at No. 1.

Matijevic was widely considered a top-100 prospect entering the draft, though it was possible he could slip out of the first day, which encompassed the first round, a competitive balance round, the second round and a second competitive balance round. He hit just .238 as a freshman at Arizona but improved to .287 as a sophomore before breaking out with a .383 average this season. He also hit 10 home runs and posted a 23-38 strikeout to walk ratio in 59 games.

The Astros took Matijevic, a left-handed hitter, with the final pick of the draft's first day. His approximate pick value is a little more than $767,000. He was drafted out of high school in 2014 by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round but opted to attend Arizona."